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DRaysBay Apr 21, 2018
Rays 8, Twins 7: Tampa Bay wins game that defies logic

Rays 8, Twins 7: Tampa Bay wins game that defies logic

Denard Span has a day. Hech is good with the bat & glove. The human brain loves narratives. It’s just the way we are wired. Trying to make sense of the random sequencing that is life, to put it into cause-and-effect, has sustained us. Our passion for sports in general and baseball in particular are no exception. But sometimes, Life — and especially baseball — likes to remind us that that it’s all just one big, elaborate game of tag. Games like tonight, for instance. Do you know what the turning point in a game of tag of is? Of course you don’t, because there isn’t one. Or...
Twinkie Town Apr 20, 2018
Rays 8, Twins 7: SpanSpanSpanSpan

Rays 8, Twins 7: SpanSpanSpanSpan

At least Wilson Ramos didn’t kill the Twins. Gomez helped, though. Enjoy this nugget from MLB’s Gameday: “Carlos Gomez grounds into a double play, second baseman Brian Dozier to shortstop Eduardo Escobar to first baseman Joe Mauer. Denard Span out at 2nd.” Trippy, eh? That’s pretty much tonight’s game all over. Hope you celebrated 4/20 accordingly. Span had himself quite the ballgame, driving in both the go-ahead and Go-Ahead-More scoring plays, stealing a base, and walking off the Rays win ... kind of? With two outs and Johnny Field on third, Span bounced one to Mauer, who...
Tampa Bay Times Apr 20, 2018
Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

ST. PETERSBURG - Roughly four hours before taking the field against his former team Friday, Rays outfielder Denard Span spoke admirably about the Minnesota Twins, their organization in general, even hometown icon Joe Mauer.But business is business."I'm gonna try to kill them
Twinkie Town Apr 20, 2018
Game 14: Twins @ Rays

Game 14: Twins @ Rays

So, so many ex-Twins. Well, either the former or current variety will win! Unless the game goes 16 innings again and everyone dies. Time: 6:10 Central. Vegas Line: TAM -125/+115 MIN Weather: I Actually Checked This, But They Have A Roof Opponent’s SB Site: D Rays Bay TV: FSN. Radio: How V’Ger Tells Us It’s Lonely In “Star Trek” Hey, you remember Go-Go! The Twins got him for Johan Santana, then traded him for J.J. Hardy. And, of course, Wilson Ramos! The Twins traded him for “proven closer” Jon Rauch. But, most of all, you should remember Denard Span. He had the best...
DRaysBay Apr 15, 2018
Phillies 10, Rays 4: Hello Darkness My Old Phriend

Phillies 10, Rays 4: Hello Darkness My Old Phriend

Rays going for an authentic 20 year celebration Ryan Yarbrough got the "start" on bullpen day and had a decent beginning, putting up a zero after issuing a walk to Carlos Santana thanks to a great catch in foul territory by Mallex Smith. The Rays then got things going early with a leadoff homer by Denard Span. The @RaysBaseball wanted some offense, so Denard Span led off today's game with his first HR with the team! Watch the series finale against the Phillies live now on FOX Sports Sun and FOX Sports Go! #RaysUp #MLB pic.twitter.com/a6Wmh07N7s— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) April...
DRaysBay Apr 11, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Ybor City rumblings

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Ybor City rumblings

Series victory in Chicago, 10 walks, Ybor City rumblings, and a James Shields reunion The Tampa Bay Rays have won two in a row for the first time this season as they just barely were able to hold on against the Chicago White Sox during yesterday’s game. The Rays drew 10 walks during the 6-5 victory with Denard Span and Joey Wendle accounting for half of those. Carlos Gomez blasted his 2nd home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning as part of a multi-hit day. Mallex Smith and Daniel Robertson continued their hot streaks with two hits apiece as well. Smith was active on the...
DRaysBay Apr 7, 2018
Rays 3, Red Sox 10: Fast start goes to waste

Rays 3, Red Sox 10: Fast start goes to waste

Rays spot Jake Faria to an early lead; Jake gives it all back and more in rough outing. Also: position players pitching! On another chilly day game, Jacob Faria took the hill against Boston’s Rick Porcello hoping to give the Rays their first win since Opening Day. But to do so, he would have to cover for his centerfield security blanket, as Kevin Kiermaier wasn’t even at the park due to “general illness.” Let’s see how this works out! NARRATOR: Little did Faria know, his problems today would be much bigger than an absent centerfielder. Denard Span got the Rays off to a quick...
DRaysBay Apr 5, 2018
Series Preview: Rays head to Boston for Fenway’s home opener

Series Preview: Rays head to Boston for Fenway’s home opener

It’s a rematch one week in the making. It seems like it were only yesterday the Tampa Bay Rays were facing the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day. The excitement of a new season and a heroic homecoming for Denard Span were fresh in mind. Now the Rays are coming off five straight losses. Three one-run losses and then two beatings in New York. The Rays Opening Week tour heads to Boston, where Fenway Park’s home opener is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. The Rays lost three of four to the Red Sox to start the season in a tightly contested series. The Matchups: Thursday 2:05 PM: Bullpen (Yonny...
DRaysBay Apr 4, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: At least it wasn’t a 1 run loss

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: At least it wasn’t a 1 run loss

Rays drop 4th in a row, Gomez and Span shine, and Longoria homers The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees were able to play yesterday, despite miserable conditions all afternoon. Chris Archer went five innings for Tampa Bay, allowing four runs on six hits, while he walked three and struck out eight before giving way to Austin Pruitt, the eventual losing pitcher. Trailing 4-1 in the sixth, the Rays rallied for three runs to tie the game, with Denard Span providing another clutch hit with the bases loaded. Unfortunately, that’d be all the scoring for the Rays. The Yankees would then lay...
DRaysBay Mar 30, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: “If I could have cried, I would have cried”

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: “If I could have cried, I would have cried”

“But I was running.” You really can’t help but feel good for Denard Span, who was traded to his hometown team under circumstances that made it hard for fans to welcome him. The game didn’t start out well for him, when a perfectly-placed bloop between Span and Kevin Kiermaier turned into a hair-raising near collision and an inside-the-park home run. But it ended well, and you can tell how meaningful that was for Span—he wore it on his sleeve. Marc Topkin has this storyline covered very well, writing a feature on Span’s experience in the first game, and reheating a previous...
Tampa Bay Times Mar 30, 2018
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: A Span of emotions on Rays opening day

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: A Span of emotions on Rays opening day

The Rays win on opening day in dramatic fashion as former Tampa Catholic-standout Denard Span delivers a three-run triple in a six-run eighth inning to beat the Red Sox 6-4 in his first game in Tampa Bay.Rick Stroud discusses the game, as well as the Lightning's 4-2 loss in Boston
DRaysBay Mar 30, 2018
FanPost Friday: 5 bold predictions for the Rays season

FanPost Friday: 5 bold predictions for the Rays season

Now is the best time to be absurdly optimistic! With the first game of the season under our belts, now seems like an ideal time to use that limited amount of data to predict an entire season. Everyone has an idea of how they think the next 161 games will play out. Maybe you think the team is en route to a surprise trip to the postseason. Maybe you think “eh, not so much.” Regardless, we want to know what your boldest predictions for the season will be. Have fun with it! Think Archer will get a 20-win season? Or perhaps Denard Span shocks us all and gets a Gold Glove nod and an invite...
Tampa Bay Times Mar 29, 2018
Attention, Span! How Tampa's Denard Span made Rays opener his best career moment

Attention, Span! How Tampa's Denard Span made Rays opener his best career moment

ST.- PETERSBURG : Denard Span first felt the emotions of the day when he ran on to the Tropicana Field turf for the start of the Rays' Thursday season-opener."It was crazy,'' Span said. "I didn't shed a tear, but I got a little emotional. Just how my life started here, how my
Tampa Bay Times Mar 29, 2018
Inside the walk-up to Denard Span's opening-day heroics

Inside the walk-up to Denard Span's opening-day heroics

ST. PETERSBURG - It looked easy with the four walks and all, but actually, that is what made the Rays stunning eighth inning rally all the more difficult."I think it's easy in a big situation like that to try and go up there and get really big and be the hero, try to hit a homer,"
DRaysBay Mar 29, 2018
Today, we spell redemption: S-P-A-N

Today, we spell redemption: S-P-A-N

Ohhhhh, this one feels real good Well, that was a pretty perfect way to start the season, huh? The Rays looked as lifeless as a Westworld robot for the first seven innings, but in the words of The Joker: It was all part of a plan. (I’m riding so high that I can manage to squeeze not just one but TWO forced pop culture references into a sentence right now!) Things didn’t start off so hot for the Rays, as a J.D. Martinez walk, a rocketed double off the bat of Xander Bogaerts and then a miscommunication between Denard Span and Kevin Kiermaier found the Rays in a quick 3-0 hole. WHAT?!?!?...

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